The first Harry Potter volume appeared in 1997 – in an edition of just 500 copies. Most of them are no longer in good condition. But not all of them.
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A rare “Harry Potter” copy has been auctioned in northern England for 80,000 pounds (about 94,026 euros). The edition of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” the first volume of Joanne K. Rowling’s famous book series, is considered rare because of several printing errors, making it highly desired by fans and collectors, the BBC reported Thursday.
While many copies of the edition of only about 500 issues are now said to be damaged, the auctioned book, which was originally sold in a bookstore in Nottingham, is preserved in “exceptional condition,” according to the report.
The Tennants auction house in Leyburn, northern England, had previously expected to sell it for up to £30,000. The sale price is one of the highest ever achieved for the books of the best-selling British author. Last year, a signed copy of the same edition was sold at auction in Edinburgh for 125,000 pounds (around 146,917 euros).